Award Recipients are Top Program Performers and Leaders for Freight Supply Chain Efficiency
ATLANTA, 2014-9-24— /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, was honored with a SmartWay®Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the second consecutive year as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency. The Home Depot demonstrated top environmental performance by effectively hauling all freight with environmentally and energy efficient SmartWay carriers.
“We’re honored to once again be recognized by SmartWay and continue to stress the importance and our dedication to serve as leaders in the freight industry with environmentally and energy efficient operations,” said Michelle Livingstone, vice president of transportation at The Home Depot.
The Home Depot was one of 11 companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s nearly 3,000 partners. The shipper and logistics Excellence Awardees were honored at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals annual conference held in San Antonio, Texas on September 23, 2014.
“On the occasion of our 10 year anniversary, EPA applauds this year’s SmartWay Excellence Award recipients. They have demonstrated true leadership in improving operational efficiency and reducing climate altering carbon pollution. These firms are leading their business community to a cleaner, more efficient and sustainable future for goods movement,” said Chris Grundler, director, EPA’s Office of Transportation & Air Quality. “Their freight efficiency efforts foster a more sustainable economy and strengthen energy security, while generating environmental results.”
About The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,266 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2013, The Home Depot had sales of $78.8 billion and earnings of $5.4 billion. The company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.
EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership is celebrating 10 years as a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way possible, while protecting public health and reducing the impacts of climate change. Demonstration of a commitment to corporate sustainability and social responsibility through SmartWay provides for a more competitive and environmentally-friendly business environment. Since 2004, SmartWay Partners have saved 120.7 million barrels of oil and $16.8 billion in fuel costs. SmartWay’s clean air achievements (51.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 738,000 tons of nitrogen oxides, and 37,000 tons of particulate matter emissions avoided) help to protect the well-being of citizens.